A New Project
So, play proposals has come and gone, which means I have some news: my plays The Way Things Are and Now or Never, which follow the same main characters at two different parts of their lives are going to be out on by Leicester University Theatre on 5-7 March 2013 under the umbrella title of The Way Things Are.
This is obviously great news for me, and hopefully great news for you too dear reader. I’m apprehensive though. At the outset of the last play I put on with the company, Lost & Found, I hadn’t written the script yet. There preceded to follow a few months of scripting and editing, all of which gave me time to mentally prepare for the rest of the task.
Now, however, I’ve got two weeks before auditions and I need to get ready. The scripts are written and ready to go, apart from one last proof read. I’m a lot readier and therefore a lot more nervous. I know I’m worrying needlessly, and I do feel honoured and lucky and excited to have my play chosen against such big competition, but I can’t shake the feeling I’m walking into this blind.
My tendency in this situation is to over prepare, but I’m busy for the rest of the week with the play I’m in this term and I don’t have a lot of time to prepare. Still, I’m reassuring myself that all be well, that post-auditions, post busting blood vessels to get the publicity ready to go, we’ll have the Christmas break to calm down, collect ourselves, and prepare for the road ahead. That thought will get me by.
The other thing will be being thankful for the people in my life who have supported the writing of these two plays, with words of encouragement, making themselves available, and many many other things. So, Holly Ellis, Edward Spence, Diani Davies, Kate Fraser, Benjamin Maltz-Jones, Nicola Brown, Sam Asbury, Issy Staniaszek, Sandy Adams, Natascha Adams, Neill Smit, Tamsen Earley, Jenni Smith, James Staynings, and my ever wonderful parents Jack Palmer and Dinah Fairbanks, thank you. I can never repay you, but know I’ll always be grateful.
And you too, dear reader. Thank you. Always.